Articles Under: Catechesis and Culture

¿Cómo se hace catequesis durante una pandemia? Varios meses de separación forzosa de su grupo de RICA o su clase de Primera Comunión no es una contingencia para la cual es probable que algún catequista haya planeado. Sin embargo, aun cuando la vida ordinaria cambia más allá de toda familiaridad, el llamado que hace Cristo a Sus fieles a profundizar nuestra relación con Él ha permanecido constante – y también ha sido constante la necesidad de catequesis que hace eco de aquel llamado divino en Su Iglesia. La sombría realidad de la cuarentena con su encierre ha incitado una respuesta... Read more
How do you catechize during a time of pandemic? Several months of enforced separation from their RCIA group or First Holy Communion class is not a contingency for which any catechist will likely have planned. Yet even as ordinary life changes beyond all recognition, Christ’s call to his faithful to grow deeper into relationship with him has remained constant—and so has the need for the catechesis that echoes that divine call in his Church. The grim reality of lockdown has prompted an immediate and inventive response from catechists. In the Diocese of Portsmouth, UK, this response has taken various forms... Read more
La iglesia doméstica ocupa un domicilio: un departamento, una mansión, una cabaña, una granja, un pent-house, cualquier tipo de vivienda a la que llamamos hogar. Todo el mundo, desde el psicólogo junguiano casi agnóstico, Jordan Peterson, al “influencer” que se ha vuelto viral, el almirante de la marina William McRaven, y hasta tu propia mamá aboga a favor de ordenar el espacio donde uno habita como el primer paso hacia una vida exitosamente ordenada, tanto al nivel práctico como a nivel simbólico. Para aquellas personas que tengan una visión sacramental de la realidad, también diríamos que es a nivel físico... Read more
Hay pocas cosas más probables de ganarle a uno la etiqueta de “intolerante” que proponer públicamente la enseñanza de la Iglesia sobre la homosexualidad y el transexualismo. Entiendo al término “intolerante” como la persona que sostiene una postura, pero que no tiene razones fundadas para ella y es, además, mezquina. Aquí, quiero mostrar que la posición católica sobre la homosexualidad y el transexualismo no es mezquina porque existen razones buenas y sólidas en su apoyo y, con igual importancia, es una postura delicada, aunque firme. También incluyo aquí lo que enseña la Iglesia sobre la fornicación, a la luz de... Read more
There are few things more likely to earn one the label of “bigot” than publicly to propose the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality and transgenderism. I take a “bigot” to be someone who tenaciously holds a position but has no sound reasons for his stance and is, additionally, mean-spirited. Here, I want to show that the Catholic position on homosexuality and transgenderism is not bigoted because there are good and solid reasons for it and, equally important, it is a gentle, if firm position. I will also include here what the Church teaches on fornication, in light of the burgeoning... Read more
“I guess we’ll all get to see how well our pandemic plans actually work.” The moment my dad said that to me is the moment I realized that none of us were prepared for COVID-19. Even businesses that developed a pandemic plan never really tested it. And I do not know of a single parish that planned ahead for the complete interruption of normal operations. Now that we experienced “Corona Time,” as my pastor likes to call it, we have learned much about virtual ministry, found best practices, and discovered its unique benefits. Corona Time has forever changed our parish’s... Read more
By the time Venerable Madeleine Delbrêl was 20, she had converted to Catholicism from the strict atheism of her youth. Nine years later, in 1933, she was living as a missionary with two companions in Ivry,  “the first Communist city and more or less the capital of Communism in France.” She decided to live in this community because she remembered the pain of not knowing God; her goal was not simply to evangelize them, but to befriend them. She lived there until she died in 1964. The more the world into which we enter is without the Church, the... Read more
Two Thinkers, One Counterintuitive Approach Evangelizing structures change. They must and they do. The Second Vatican Council emphasizes that the Church’s very nature is missionary and that she exists to reveal the mystery of Jesus Christ in every generation. [1] In order for evangelization to be fruitfully carried out in any age, the Church must employ human strategies, or “manmade” evangelizing structures suited to the communication of the Gospel within the present circumstances. A cursory glance at the Church’s history reveals a variety of such structures: the preaching of the Fathers and the sacrifice of the martyrs in the early... Read more
Salmo 127,1 Si el SEÑOR no edifica la casa, en vano trabajan los albañiles; si el SEÑOR no custodia la ciudad, en vano vigila el centinela. Introducción Cuando le comenté a mi esposa que estaba escribiendo un ensayo acerca del descanso, se suscitó el siguiente diálogo: Esposa -No lo puedes hacer.- Yo -¿Por qué no?- Esposa -No sabes nada acerca de eso. Estás siempre trabajando en algo.- Yo -Hay algo de cierto en lo que dices, pero el descanso no trata precisamente de lo que se hace cuando uno no está trabajando. Básicamente, es una actitud hacia la vida.- Este... Read more
Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Introduction When I happened to mention to my wife that I was writing an essay about leisure, the following dialogue took place: Wife: “ You can ’ t do that.” Me: “ Why not?” Wife: “ You don ’ t know anything about it. You ’ re working at something all the time.” Me: “ That is somewhat true, but leisure isn ’ t really about what one does when one is not... Read more